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Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

If you have taken: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or are on iron pills for anemia, this may be the cause of the black stools. If neither, should discuss with your OB promptly. ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is black loose stools during pregnancy first trimester normal?

Is black loose stools during pregnancy first trimester normal?

If on IRON: The iron in the prenatal vitamin, or if you are even on a supplemental Iron pill can cause the stool to be black. Call your GYN to assure you are on an iron supplement. If so, most likely fine, but at next visit, you could always have your stool checked for heme to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I m a female and i got green and black stool so whats it mean?I have a early pregnancy and have some medicine

I m a female and i got green and black stool so whats it mean?I have a early pregnancy and have some medicine

Color of stool: The color of your stool is a reflection of your diet. What you eat is digested and the waste products are left over as stool. If you feel something is abnormal then a gastroenterologist can investigate. ...Read more

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What could cause black stools during the menstrual cycle?

What could cause black stools during the menstrual cycle?

Bleeding ulcer: Anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen or naproxen, which are commonly taken for cramps, can cause the lining of the stomach and small intestine to wear down and an ulcer to form. The ulcer can ooze blood, which turns the stool black like tar. Also, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or iron supplements are common causes. In any case, get it evaluated before any more blood might be lost! ...Read more

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I have ablack stool during 2 month after birth my baby I have natural delivary is black stool is bad or not? What is reason

I have ablack stool during 2 month after birth my baby I have natural delivary is black stool is bad or not? What is reason

Probably not: Most of the time black stool is not of concern. Lots of things can make stool black - iron pills, pepto bismal, etc. So unless it continues, don't worry. However, bleeding from the upper intestinal track - ulcers, polyps, inflammation does turn stool black. So, if it continues and you are not on iron post-delivery, do see a doctor. Tests can easily determine if you have a problem. Peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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Black stools during the menstrual cycle--from uterus or bowel?

Black stools during the menstrual cycle--from uterus or bowel?

Bowel: Black stools can be caused by dietary changes, supplements or bleeding in the bowel. If this happens every month, you should get it checked out. It could be related to endometriosis but you need to rule out bowel problems like colitis, polyps or even cancer. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have black stools?

What does it mean if I have black stools?

Blood or iron: Vitamines containin iron, iron tablets, and pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can all cause black stools. Bleeding in the stomach can also cause black stools. ...Read more

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Had black stools today should I be worried?

Likely not: Wouldn't worry about one episode, may be dietary related. If however they persist and you have other symptoms (abdominal pain, dizziness) need evaluation to be sure you do not have gastrointestinal bleeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


Dr. Irina Medwin
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Black Tar Colored Stools (Definition)

Black stool is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) has a black color, or sometimes a very dark red color. Black stools are usually due to old blood (fresh bleeding is red in color). ...Read more